Silicon Beach

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Silicon Beach is the Westside region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that is home to over 500 technology startup companies, with emphasis on the coastal strip north of LAX to Santa Monica Mountains,[1] but the term may be applied loosely or colloquially to refer to most anywhere in the LA Basin. Major technology companies have opened offices in the region including Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, BuzzFeed, Facebook, Salesforce, AOL, Electronic Arts, Sony, EdgeCast Networks, MySpace,, Apple, Inc., and Netflix.[2] Additionally, several mobile ventures seeded here like Snapchat[3] and Tinder. In 2012, the region was considered the second or third most prominent technology hub in the world, according to some metrics.[4][5]


The influx of technology companies has had major impacts on the type and availability of office space and on home prices in Playa Vista, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Santa Monica, and Venice, already high previously due to beachfront location, has exacerbated the situation and the region suffers from many of the same high cost issues that led companies to flee the San Francisco Bay Area. The effects are also spilling over into Marina del Rey, and Hermosa Beach and continues to attract technology firms, venture capital, and startups.[6]

One of the amenities of the area is relatively easy access to LAX, the biggest and most connected airport in Western North America.[7]

Start-up pockets have also emerged in nearby Culver City, West L.A., and El Segundo.[8] Other pockets include Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and the San Fernando Valley, which were pricey areas even before the influx.[9][10] The tendency of companies to congregate in these centrally-located, high income areas has raised concerns[11] about the feasibility of racial minorities joining the workforce, as they tend to live in further outlying areas.[12]

Other uses[edit]

In 1983, PC Magazine reported that "some people are starting to call" Boca Raton, Florida—where IBM had developed its Personal Computer, and other technology companies had facilities—"Silicon Beach, in deference to the great valley of the West".[13] In 1984 Silicon Beach Software was formed in San Diego, California.[14] Silicon Beach Australia was used to describe that country's internet technology community in 2008.[15] There are four significant areas in Australia that are nurturing start-ups: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.[16]


Silicon Beach is also home to a number of start-up incubators and accelerators, such as Amplify.LA, Science, Disney Accelerator, and TechStars Cedars Sinai.[17] Higher education institutions headquartered in Silicon Beach include Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Art and Design.[18] Other higher education institutions in the nearby Southern California region or with satellite campuses in/nearby Silicon Beach include: Art Center College of Design, California Institute of Technology, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and the Claremont Colleges. In the first six months of 2013, start-ups in Silicon Beach raised over $500 million in funding, and there were 94 new start-ups and nine acquisitions.[19]

List of technology companies based in Silicon Beach[edit]

Company Year founded Industry Valuation
AdColony 2011 Adtech Acquired by Opera for $350 million[20]
Age of Learning 2007 Education
Bitium 2012 Cloud Computing Acquired by Google for an unknown amount[21][22]
Branded Online 2010 Ecommerce & Online Marketing Agency
Cornerstone OnDemand 1992 Cloud
Distillery 2008 Mobile Application Development, UX/UI
Dollar Shave Club 2011 Consumer packaged goods Acquired by Unilever for $1 billion[23]
Eaze 2014 Cannabis
Enplug 2012 Software $2.5 million[24][25]
Fair 2016 Automotive, Fintech
Falcon Computing Solutions 2014 High Performance Computing, FPGA acceleration - tools and solutions
FloQast 2013 Accounting Software
Fullscreen 2011 Digital Media
Gnarbox 2014 Consumer electronics
GOAT 2015 e-commerce, Fashion (sneakers)
Guthy-Renker 1988 Direct Response Marketing
Headspace 2010 Health
The Honest Company 2012 e-commerce
Honey 2012 Cashback website, online coupons Acquired by Paypal in 2020 for $4 billion[26][27][28]
Hulu 2007 Television Streaming Services $100 million[29]
LegalZoom 1999 Legal
MatchCraft 1998 Digital Marketing Platform Technology & Services
MuteSix 2014 Performance Marketing Agency
Nasty Gal 2006 Retail Unknown - Chapter 11[30][31]
Oculus VR 2012 Virtual reality Acquired by Facebook, Inc. in 2014 for $2 billion[32]
Onestop Internet 2004 Full Service Ecommerce Agency
Ring 2012 Home Security Devices Acquired by Amazon for $1 billion[33]
Riot Games 2006 Video Games
Science 37 2014 Medical technology
Snap Inc. 2011 Social media $23 billion[34]
Swagbucks / Prodege, LLC 2007 Digital Rewards & Cash Back
Tala 2011 Fintech
Thrive Market 2013 e-commerce
TigerText 2010 Messaging, Text Analytics, Communications Infrastructure $625 million[35]
Tinder 2012 Social Media
TrueCar 2005 Automotive websites $1.65 billion[36]
Virgin Hyperloop One 2014 Transportation
Wag 2014 Pets
WebJoint[37] 2014 Cannabis
Whisper 2012 Social media
Wpromote 2001 Digital Marketing Agency
.xyz 2014 Internet Domain Registry
ZestFinance 2009 Fintech
ZipRecruiter 2010 Hiring


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Coordinates: 33°58′35″N 118°27′04″W / 33.9764°N 118.4512°W / 33.9764; -118.4512